I’m not scared any more

The Doctor's Life Support for 16 January

In God I trust; I will not be afraid.

Psalm 56:4

It is normal to have a rush of adrenaline when under threat, and even before a case presentation. This is a God-given mechanism for boosting our performance and without it we would often be in a bad way. At the same time, it is possible to know an inner peace which, as Paul tells us, ‘transcends all understanding’. (Philippians 4: 7) Paul spoke from experience. Acts 27 tells how he endured the full force of a tempest at sea which would end in shipwreck. At its height he received a personal message from the Lord telling him not to be afraid, despite the danger, as all the lives in the company would be saved. His spirit was strengthened, even though the storm kept up its fury. More than that, he shared encouragement with those around him. Holding on to God’s promise kept him calm. Do we realise that the Lord Jesus is with us in the treatment room and on the ward round? Do we ask for his help when we seem to be in deeper turbulence than ever before? Do we ask for his peace to clear our minds as we study, and to calm our nerves when tests or testings crop up? If we do, others are bound to notice, and may be calmed themselves as we encourage them. Our Lord Jesus is always watching over us and is never asleep, even when the worst storms threaten. His word stands firm: ‘Do not be afraid.’ (Acts 27: 24) This is a reassurance and also a command. Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you that you are there whenever I cry ‘Help!’ May I learn not to panic, but to know your peace, even at the heart of a storm. Amen.

Written by Janet Goodall from the UK

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